Zolar X now have a global footprint thanks to the powers that be in the cosmos…fans, the internet, and social media. The Spys have a much smaller footprint but it is never-the-less a stamp that they were here. What some and maybe many do not know is that I was in both bands at the same time (‘77-81), going back and forth between the two. If you know this then you can hear it – the influence of one affecting the other. Raidii and I have had many talks over zakoo (coffee) about getting more of the story out there about the Spys – and resurrecting the music. I am the only living member of the original Spys and since I co-wrote the songs with Rock, they’re still inside me. So the idea of the album came about many months ago that since I was in both bands, why not put out an album with Zolar X on side A and The Spys on side B. Hence the vinyl project/picture disc, 00X: When Worlds Collide was born.
00X: When Worlds Collide
Zolar X - Side A
Welcome to Eternity
A World Away
Space Age Blues
The Spys - Side B
I Don’t Like You
1055 La Jolla
We’ll be heading to L.A. later this week to finish the vocals on the Spy’s side of 00X. In 2009 I pulled I’m No Surfer out of my Spy memory banks and reworked it into Slab Lab. This song is a look at ‘79-1980 in Los Angeles - what was going on right there in the middle of West Hollywood. We played Slab Lab live a couple times in 2010-11 but unless you know some of the story and where the song came from it, well it makes a lot more sense knowing that the lyrics describe the scene, our crash pad at that time. The Slab Lab was everything that the lyrics say it was and nothing more. It was a dump, an abyss. We have a video of Zolar X playing Slab Lab live at the 2010 Pershing Square show where we opened for The Tubes which is below.
Slab Lab (lyrics)
8228 through the alley’s broken gate
You enter at your own risk into the cement abyss
Broken bottles, empty beers, lost souls, wasted years
Hookers with stiletto heels, junky bangers popping pills
Sirens wailing, cops with cuffs, Fire marshal’s, acting tough
Void of humanity, kick in the door that was the key
Crash pad promenade, blood spilt, trash bouquet
Music faded, art cried, overdoses, many died
Not for the faint of heart, across from Chateau Marmont
A haven for punk refuges, dirty mattress, new disease
Needle, spoon, dope and cotton, cocaine plans, names forgot
On Sunset in tinsel town, LA’s underground
The Zolar X side of the music has been completed. We were in the studio in August, 2017 and Don Bolles laid in drums for all tracks for the entire album. That was a long day, from noon to 3:00 a.m. but Don did it and did it in space-punk style.
On December 23rd at Kitten Robot Studios-Paul Roessler (Engineer), the remaining vocal tracks for the Spys side will happen with Don Bolles, an original Germ member, Richard Simpson – Rock Bottom’s brother and myself. This is the last step before mastering which will be done by Geza X and then it’ll be off to the pressing plant. The release of 00X: When Worlds Collide will be in the Spring/Summer of 2018.